Are you feeling my enthusiasm? I could just sit here and write, "Yay! Yay! Yay!" all morning, getting more excited with each exclamation. Why, you ask? Well, because the Salem Farmers' Market returns to Derby Square for its second glorious season tomorrow, Thursday, June 17th.
The market will be open on Thursdays from 3pm - 7pm from June 17 through October 21, 2010.
I love the Farmers' Market because it is convenient - right down town - and it brings farms from around the region to Salem; it generates a sense of community; and, most importantly, it gives us great food!!
Monkey bread, strawberries, greens, squash, tomatoes, corn... oh, I love the growing season. And I hold a special spot in my heart for Essex County and Massachusetts farms. The farmers of Essex County are not only farming and producing great food, but the farms are preserving the landscape. Supporting the farms, whether it is at their farm stands or at farmers' markets like Salem's supports the preservation of Massachusetts' amazing, living landscape.
Last year the Salem Farmers' Market served an amazing 38,000 people during the season. This year they hope to entice more people to the market by being open one hour earlier - at 3pm - each week.
There will be fresh produce, live lobsters, baked goods, and crafts for sale. (You may remember the Swiss baker from last year, and unfortunately, we have learned that he is not returning. My kids will certainly miss his pretzels.)
Here's what's old and new at the Salem Farmers' Market:
- Clark Farm
- First Light Farm
- Gibney Gardens
- Salem egg farmer
- Maitland Mountain Farm
- Green Meadows Farm
- Long Hill Orchard
- Simone Farms
- Wally's Vegetables
- Rowand Seafood
- Rowell Fishing Company
- Ellies Salad Dressing
- Magick Moon Soap Wurks
- Living With Pets
- Creative Spirit Design
- Salem Soapworks
- Flats Mentor Farm (an Asian vegetable farmer)
- Cider Hill Farm of Amesbury
- West River Creamery
New non-food vendors
- Little Monkeys Photo Company
- Old Town Nantucket Baskets
- Ara Leamar Custom Art Glass
- Historic New England Phillips House
- Little Birds Fly (baby and toddler clothing)
- EMP (jewelry made by a local 11 year old girl)
The market is embarking upon a new program this year SNAP and will accept the EBT card at the market.
See you at the market tomorrow!!